Micralyne Announces Winner of Microsystems Design Award

November 24, 2004

Photo of Jeffrey Keilman, Winner of 2004 Micralyne Microsystems Design Award

Photo of Jeffrey Keilman

Edmonton, Alberta, November 24, 2004 – Micralyne Inc., a world leader in MEMS manufacturing, is pleased to announce the winner of its annual Microsystems Design Award for 2004. The winning design was a dielectrophoretic bio-analysis platform that uses lexel (electric field element) arrays. Jeffrey Keilman, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary, submitted the design. The lexel array will form the bio-analysis system that will be part of a future low-power bio-analysis platform being developed through the micro-convergence of SoC (System-on-Chip) platforms with MEMS and microfluidic technologies. Dr. Graham Jullien and Dr. Karan Kaler, both from the University of Calgary, supervise Mr. Keilman’s award winning project. The Microsystems Design Award, valued at $3,000, was presented to Mr. Keilman on September 30th at MR&DCAN (Microsystems Research and Development in Canada), an annual symposium hosted by CMC (Canadian Microelectronics Corporation).

The award is granted to a university researcher or post graduate student who demonstrates the most novel and industrially-relevant research results in the areas of microsystems: MEMS, Microfluidics, or Materials research. This award is just one example of Micralyne’s overall commitment to higher education, building on the $500,000 of annual combined support provided to the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

“The design is novel, experimentally verified, and has viable application in the bio-medical industry. This is a difficult problem addressed by exploiting the AC electrokinematics phenomenon, which can be extended to nanoscale applications. Good presentation,” stated the three award judges: Dr. Sazzadur Chowdhury, University of Windsor; Dr. Doug Pincock, Amirix Systems; and Dr. Suwas Nikumb, National Research Council (NRC).

“Micralyne is proud to support Canada’s University research in the area of MEMS and microfluidics and is excited to see great progress being made in developing applications that address real problems and needs,” said Chris Lumb, President of Micralyne.

Dr. Brian Barge, President and CEO of CMC, the organization who facilitates the application process for the award, emphasizes that support from Canadian industry leaders such as Micralyne is essential to maintaining Canada’s global leadership position in MEMS: “CMC is proud to partner with Micralyne to help researchers such as Jeffrey Keilman access the same leading-edge tools and technologies used by industry today in the areas of MEMS and microfluidics. Enhancing these capabilities will strengthen Canada’s research capacity, develop a national pool of skilled people with microsystems expertise and give our industries a competitive-edge in the development of future biomedical applications.”

The Micralyne Microsystems Design Award is an annual award open to students in a post-graduate degree program in a Canadian university or to a member of the faculty of a Canadian university. Submissions can be either working or demonstration applications, or specific techniques and design tools that contribute to the body of knowledge dealing with MEMS and microfluidics.

For more details on the Microsystems Design Award and the judging criteria please view www.cmc.ca/news/awards.

About CMC (Canadian Microelectronics Corporation)
CCMC builds partnerships among government, industry and universities to accelerate Canadian competitiveness in microsystems. CMC provides industry-calibre tools and technologies to enable world class research and the commercial potential of microsystems.

Established in 1984, CMC is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), matched by industrial contributions of technology, services and cash. CMC also manages major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) through Queen’s University to deliver research infrastructure for system-on-chip investigations at Canadian universities; along with additional funds from the provinces of Québec and Manitoba, to enable the testing of high-performance microchip designs through the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. More information about CMC is available at: www.cmc.ca.

About Micralyne
Micralyne develops and manufactures microfabricated and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems)-based products. Micralyne is one of the largest independent companies in the world that manufactures MEMS in high volumes. MEMS technology is built on the premise of making industrial components smaller, faster and less expensive and facilitates radical improvements in the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices. These types of devices are used in many industries including communications, automotive, aerospace, and life sciences. More specifically, Micralyne’s micron-scale solutions (i.e. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre) are found in automotive emission sensors, optical switching technology in telecommunication networks, lab-on-a-chip devices for drug discovery, and commercial press equipment for printing today’s most popular magazines. Micralyne is a profitable and growing company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

For further information contact:
Mr. Chris Lumb
President & CEO
Micralyne Inc.
1911 – 94 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6N 1E6
Phone: 780-431-4400
clumb@micralyne.com